Professional Architect and photographer, he always felt
a great passion for the Sea together with a deep connection with Nature.
He is, of course, involved in didactic activities:
He is a two-star CMAS diving instructor, TSA Air
Instructor Trainer and three-star CMAS Underwater Photography Instructor
(first of the only two three-star level licenses issued in Italy).
During his activity as and Underwater Photographer, he obtained several important international rewards.
His pictures appear on several books about the sea:
Wrecks, diving through history – XX Century Prehistoric Animals – The
Red Sea – The Red Sea Diving Guide – The Red Sea Underwater Paradise –
Wrecks of the Red Sea – Guide to the Exploration of the Sinai – The
Maldives Underwater Paradise – The Coral Reef.
He also published, together with some other underwater
photography instructors, the didactic manual “Underwater Photography
Claudio Ziraldo is considered a long-and-great experienced Author: his pictures range from great underwater landscapes images, taken with super-wide optical lenses, to portraits of some of the smallest inhabitants of the sea; Nature, together with the purity of lights and colours, is the subject that more often falls in the viewfinder of his camera.
Claudio has dipped almost in all the Oceans and Seas of the World, but he has got a particular fondness for the Red Sea and its amazing bottoms, bottoms that he knows very well and attend by more than twenty-five years… the Ancient Romans used to call the Mediterranean Sea “Mare Nostrum” (which means “our sea”), and exactly like them, Claudio considers the Red Sea, “his sea” in a sense, since it is the place where he has grown up as a diver and as a photographer and where his son, Alessandro, has learned to dive under the guidance of the “great” Gigi Ferrari.
The deep connection he has with this Sea, has been permanently ratified in 1991, when, while exploring the waters of the South of Egypt in search for new dive sites, in collaboration with the Tour Operator La Compagnia del Mar Rosso, he identified a reef, which now it is one of the most famous and beautiful reef of the Red Sea, worldwide known as SHA’AB CLAUDIO.
Nowadays Claudio frequents the “magical” South-East
Asian dive sites, in search of rare and often unknown life forms.
During the last years, they have made many explorative dives, using Trimix, within the Northern Italian Lakes, especially Lake Como, where they took part together with the TSA Founder Claudio Corti and other TSA instructors, in a research campaign on the unsolved “Mysteries” of the Mussolini’s Column. The report of this research has been published in June 2007, within the magazine “Sub”, in an article signed by Guido Pfeiffer, Flori Calò and Claudio Corti, entitled “DONGO, LE ARMI DEL DUCE” (“Dongo, the Duce’s weapons”).
The deep knowledge of the most advanced diving
techniques, the passion for the under water world and for its
inhabitants and a never-ending research in the field of underwater
photography, put Claudio Ziraldo among the most qualified scholars of
these fascinating activities.
Alessandro and Claudio Ziraldo